With the name of Roger Dubuis’ main collection being Excalibur, you can bet it was only a matter of time that someone demanded that Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table join the quest for horology excellence. The watch you see here is the third incarnation of the brand’s famed Knights of the Round Table watches that are definitely conversation starters.
Never mind the massive 45mm Excalibur case with a fluted 18K pink gold bezel and matching crown, the dial literally has all 12 knights surrounding a round table. This time around, Roger Dubuis has decided to bring some modernity to an age-old folklore by having the 12 three-dimensional sculptures done in a low poly style. Traditionally, this low polygonal art was used in video games as it helped achieve a high render speed. However, putting this technique into a haute horlogerie piece like this one definitely shows that Roger Dubuis is not afraid to combine tradition with modernity to achieve its desired result.
The Avalon-inspired ‘table’ of this watch is sculpted from solid blue enamel blocks, a process requiring considerable dexterity and many patient hours of craftsmanship. Each dial takes about 45 hours to make. This stunning work of art is powered by Roger Dubuis’ in-house Calibre RD 821 that, unfortunately, can’t be viewed from the solid caseback. However, just like all the pieces within the Roger Dubuis collection, it is certified with the Poinçon de Genève, or Hallmark of Geneva, which requires every detail of the movement is hand-finished according to the traditional criteria.